As Las Vegas continues to recover from last weekend’s deadly massacre, authorities are piecing together the story of shooter Stephen Paddock.
We already have some idea of who Paddock was: A retired real estate investor, 64 years old, who made millions via his gambling and investments before suddenly carrying out the most horrific mass shooting in American history. Beyond those facts, however, little is known about the man that some neighbors referred to as “reclusive”. Paddock’s online personas are either non-existent or incredibly well hidden, and no note or manifesto has been released as of this writing.
Now, in combing through the madman’s financial records, a few more tidbits are coming to light, including a possibly worrisome bit of travel to the Middle East.
“In addition to his frequent forays into casinos and gun shops, Las Vegas strip killer Stephen Paddock took 20 cruises, many of them in Europe and the Middle East, investigators have learned.
“The cruises included stops at ports in Spain, Italy, Greece, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, according to information provided by a law enforcement source who asked not to be identified because the source was not authorized to share information about the investigation. Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, accompanied him on nine of the cruises.
The information provided by the source did not specify the cruise line involved, the type of cruises, when they occurred or the couple’s reason for travel. Most cruise ships have casinos on board, and Paddock was an avid gambler.
“Investigators have taken note of the foreign travel as they attempt to piece together a profile of the mass killer and a timeline of his activities leading up to the attack that left at least 58 people dead and nearly 500 injured.”
Nearly immediately after the shooting took place, radical Islamic terror group ISIS took responsibility, claiming that Paddock was working on their behalf. This claim has been mostly debunked by law enforcement who believe that the jihadists are simply choosing to be opportunistic in their claims of involvement.
There have been other rumors regarding a possible radical Islamic connection from other sources, however, including one former campaign official of President Trump’s.